The Deaconess Community of the ELCA

The deaconesses of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) are characterized by the sisters’ commitment and call to support and motivate one another, especially through prayer, assemblies, shared learning, and advocacy. As a separately incorporated ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), they serve, across the continent, as deacons in the ELCA and as diaconal ministers in the ELCIC.

The community has worked to foster intentional community, leadership development, and strategic partnerships within the church and the world.  This community of 81 womxn seeks social change that restores, reforms and transforms.  They have used their financial and human resources to support, and stand along side, partners in justice and advocacy work.  Drawing on the community’s core values, mission grants have been provided, and partnerships developed, that take risks, provide innovative services, and build bridges for the healing of the world. In 2019, 16 grants were provided. In the last three years, our community has shared over $350,000 in grants; since 2004, over $2 million has been provided for national and international grants .

As a Reconciling in Christ community, they have examined their use of language and welcoming presence.  With DIAKONIA World Federation, the community has engaged in the global movement Thursdays in Black, toward a world without rape and violence.

The community has embraced the 2017 roster changes in the ELCA and continues to provide diaconal formation for the greater church.  Currently, 20 candidates are engaged in a new formation process.  Since 2006, the community has sponsored a January elective course on diaconal ministry, history and spirituality offered through Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to which all are welcome.

A new strategic plan to work for justice and the flourishing of all God’s creation has been adopted by the community. Emboldened by the community’s rich history, the strategic plan focuses on the group’s diaconal mission as an intentional community rooted in a living Word and love of God.  It will further cultivate opportunities to develop leaders, both nationally and internationally, and will draw on dynamic partnerships within the church and world.

: https://deaconesscommunity.org

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12 hours ago

**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**



*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us,

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two,

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus,

and Matthias.

Then they prayed and said,

“God, you know everyone’s heart.

Show us which one of these two you have chosen

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

And they cast lots for them,

and the lot fell on Matthias;

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

that life is decided by casting lots,

that we are destiny’s children, and

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases,

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

looking for guidance,

hoping for clear direction,

longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
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**Seventh Sunday of Easter**

**May 16, 2021**

 

*Acts 1: 21-26*

So one of the followers who have accompanied us during 

all the time that Jesus went in and out among us, 

beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us

—one of these must become a witness with us to Christ’s resurrection.”

So they proposed two, 

Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, 

and Matthias. 

Then they prayed and said, 

“God, you know everyone’s heart. 

Show us which one of these two you have chosen 

to take the place] in this ministry and apostleship 

from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 

And they cast lots for them, 

and the lot fell on Matthias; 

and he was added to the eleven apostles.

*Prayer*

Sometimes, O God, it feels as if fate is decided arbitrarily,

 that life is decided by casting lots,

 that we are destiny’s children, and 

that this is one big crap shoot.

Creator of the Universe,

why are some born with silver spoons,

 and others are beaten with wooden ones?

Holy Mystery,

why do some escape poverty and war in rickety row boats,

 and others sail through life privileged and unscathed?

Source of Love,

why do some exist in peaceful, pastoral bliss,

 and others fall victim to a mass shooting?

Architect of Life,

why are some able to cope happily with COVID,

 and others are overwhelmed and descend into anxiety and sadness?

My God, my God,

why does the colour of one’s skin determine, in so many cases, 

expectations, outcomes, and interactions?

Creator, Mystery, Source of Love, Architect of Life, our God,

you call us to make responsible choices in the face of so much suffering and sorrow.

And so, we pray,

 looking for guidance,

 hoping for clear direction,

 longing for grounded wisdom.

Help us to acknowledge our blessings with humble thanksgiving.

Lead us outside ourselves and our circles with active intercession.

Enable us to discern right choices that address injustices.

Empower us to listen and learn and love.
2 days ago

Tomorrow -- May 10 -- DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May. Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on "Reclaiming the "D" Word -- Diakonia in the Church" 1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you aren't yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.
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Tomorrow -- May 10 --  DOTAC hosts the second in our Seminar Series on Diakonia -- Mondays in May.  Dr. Sister Dottie Almoney will present on Reclaiming the D Word -- Diakonia in the Church  1 PM Central Daylight Time
If you arent yet on the list, send an email to teddodd@live.com to be added and receive the Zoom link.

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4 days ago

Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”*

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA. She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach. She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER. She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)
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Join us for the second in our series
# **Mondays in May:**
# **A DOTAC Seminar Series on DIAKONIA**
## *“Reclaiming the “D” Word -*
## *Diakonia in the Church”* 

**Monday, May 10 at 1 pm Central Daylight Time**

*If you are not already on the list send an email to *

*teddodd@live.com *

*to join.*

Sister Dottie Almoney is a member of the ELCA Deaconess Community and a rostered deacon in the ELCA.  She currently works at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA as the Director of Education and Outreach.  She is also a member of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania and POWER.  She will be graduating May 8th from the Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry Program with her final project, Understanding Diakonia in the  ELCA. (Congratulagtions, Sister Dottie!)

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Congratulations Sr. Dottie. What a wonderful accomplishment!

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